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6 Pro-Grade Gadgets That Are Cheaper Than Retail

Online shopping is not for everyone, but those who ‘get' it can save a lot of money by buying their things from various online retailers, some of which charge for the same things less than others do.

AliExpress tends to be on the cheaper side, but for many people a deterrent has been that you have to wait for a long time to receive their products. And while it can’t compare to Amazon Prime, the packages shipped with E-Packet usually arrive within 10 to 14 days, which I consider a reasonable time frame. In this post we will see 12 things that you can get from AliExpress, some of which come with free and pretty fast E-Packet shipping. Unfortunately, I can't guarantee that all of them will have it – they did at the time when the article was written, but it appears that sellers often adjust the shipping options, which I have no control over.

There are 35 countries that can take advantage of this service: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France (mainland postal codes starting with 01-95), Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Spain (not available for all cities), Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand (currently in a trial run), Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom (including Isle Of Man), United States (including APO/FPO adresses).

Complete and updated list of countries can be seen on epacketexpress.com.

 

***NOTE: Some sellers change shipping methods in their listings. If a method other than e-Packet is offered, you can pick it from the shipping option drop-down menu. In those cases it may cost a few dollars extra.***

 

6 Electronic Gadgets from AliExpress: MUCH CHEAPER than retail

ZHIYUN SmoothQ CAMERA STABILIZER

Everyone nowadays (possibly including myself) wants to be a video blogger. If you are familiar with Gimbal stabilizers, you know how expensive they are. Granted that this Zhiyun stabilizer can’t be called cheap per se, it is definitely less than half the price of the Gimbal.

A 3-axis – an important distinction as this makes the footage more smooth and natural – stabilizer will make the footage a lot more smooth. It will even out turns and reduce bumps, so you can better film your swollen face with your shaky arms after a night of heavy drinking.

SUPERLUX HD681 HEADPHONES

Superlux HD681 headphones are one of the highest-quality headphones in this price range on AliExpress. These are semi open-back over-ear headphones. They can play sounds as sensitive as 10 dB, and frequencies as low as 10 hz.

Superlux is basically the Grado of the cheap cans, they’re not mainstream but for the people, who value the quality of the sound and are poor, I can’t think of a better option than these. And if you want them even faster, you can get them on Amazon – just to mention they are marked as Amazon’s Choice for the impressive price-quality ratio, just as indicated in the raving reviews left on both sites.

MECHANICAL KEYBOARD

Mechanical keyboards aren’t something that everyone will love/understand the point of, but I have a feeling that some of you nerds might enjoy it.

I have been using one since this summer, and, man, do I love it! The sound it makes alone is worth it, and the feeling of the precision sends shivers down my spine each time I use it.

Definitely not overselling it here, ask any IT guy or research this online: they're (the keyboards, not the IT guys) truly amazing. Mechanical keys better handle several keys pressed at once, you can replace the broken keys individually, and they also last much longer. Mechanical keyboards tend to wear much slower, and it is significantly more difficult for the keys to get stuck.

3200DPI GAMING MOUSE

An expensive gaming mouse can run as high as $200. But unless you are a hardcore or a pro gamer, or if your parents don’t own a factory that generates the amount of wealth equivalent to the GDP of a South-American country, it probably doesn’t make a lot of sense to blow that much on a mouse. Instead I present to you a gaming mouse with a 3200DPI precision and 6 programmable buttons.

WIRELESS KEYBOARD

When I have my laptop hooked up to the TV I had to occasionally stand up and press play because Netflix sometimes randomly stops when I binge-watch episodes of Archer. But thanks to this device I can keep laying in the bed without moving.

This thing comes with a USB bluetooth receiver, that has a working range of approximately 8 meters, or around 25 feet. It requires 2 AAA batteries, which will make touchpad signal notchy at the end of their lifespan. I’ve had mine for over a year now, which, in case you are wondering, works just as new.

TDS WATER TESTER

A TDS, which stands for Total Dissolved Solids, water tester is a device that is used to determine the quality of water and to see if it needs further purification. It can test for three kinds of impurities, and I’m just reading it off the items description here, soluble salts – like calcium and magnesium, heavy metal ions like chromium, zinc and lead, and ionic organic compounds. If this stuff sounds like something you don’t want in your drinking water, get one of these things.

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New Year is coming, Christmas is coming, maybe someone-who-is-somewhat-important-to-you's birthday is coming – but we're on a verge of a financial collapse, and you just can't spend too much money.

No reason to worry! There is a fine line between having to go bottle binning and being able to afford to bring some joy via the means of surprising them with a novel physical possession.

In this post we have picked 20 best selling things from AliExpress for $5 or less. Buy away! And maybe get something for yourself too.

Best-selling things from AliExpress

TELESCOPIC SINK RACK

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Price: $4.83

The first thing today is this handy telescopic sink rack. It fits any kitchen sink – the size is adjustable.

You can make it bigger or smaller depending on the sink width, and load it with the sponges and steel wool balls and any other miscellaneous stuff that you might need to dry and use.

On the side there is a little rack thing for drying the wiping cloth. The rack has slots on the bottom, so that it does not collect the water.

SLIGHTLY INAPPROPRIATE MAGNETS

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Price: $2.99

Here we have slightly inappropriate, but artistic in their own way avocado and banana magnets. Best fit for fridges, but if you have any other metallic surfaces, like a furnace or an oven door, they can be placed on them as well.

SLIME CLEANERS

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Price: $2.50

Here is a 90’s childhood favourite – a cleaning slime. Just as the self-improvement book your parents hopelessly got you for Christmas, it is good for collecting dust, albeit in a more concentrated manner.

Just like your girlfriend at a Bed, Bath & Beyond, is quite efficient at picking up junk.

FRIDGE CABINETS

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Price: $4.20

Another thing that is pretty handy in a household is these fridge cabinets. They will help with organizing the fruits, veggies and any other knick-knacks you might have randomly and disorganizedly sitting around. 

GREEK STATUES

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Price: $1.13+

Check out these greek statues. There are 10 different options to pick from. The attention to detail on them is pretty outstanding, if you ask me.

They are sold individually, and it is better to buy more than one to complete the look.

Speaking of organization, I’d like to bring your attention to the BackIt cashback plugin.

If you’re buying things from stores like AliExpress, GearBest, Shein, Banggood and others, and not using cashback, you’re just leaving the money on the table. With a cashback plugin you can get 5 to 12% of your money back.

It’s really easy – for desktop users, install the extension, and click it before you buy something on AliExpress. For mobile users, install the app, and open it before you shop. It’s that easy.

The payouts start at $0.20 for PayPal, and $100 for bank transfers. The link to the cashback is below ⬇️ 

Cashback Extension (for desktops)

Cashback App (for mobile users)

NAIL CLIPPER

Price: $1.92

This nail clipper got curves.

According to the feedback, it is very sharp and solid, and the angle of it makes it easier to operate.

I didn’t know I needed my nail clipper to be ergonomic, but now that I think of it, it makes perfect sense.

WOODEN SPATULAS

Price: $0.95+

Another item that is pretty classy are these solid wood spatulas and spoons.

Wood is better than plastic, as it does not melt when you are scraping it against hot pots, and it is less likely to leach chemicals into your food. Typically, such kitchen products are sold at $4 and more at our local homeware stores. 

STICKY PAD & SMARTPHONE STAND

Price: $1.69

Here is another type of sticky pad. These ones are sold per unit rather than a roll. The key differences are:

1. The durability – this one is meant to be reused, and is made out of a more durable material that keeps shape, and

2. This one has a solid plastic piece in the middle, which can be used as a smartphone stand (OPTION 1 FROM THE LISTING)

MAGNETIC SMARTPHONE HOLDER FOR CARS

Price: $2.69

Here is a newer version of the magnetic holder for the car.

This is a newer version: now with the sleeker design and different sizes for plate options. It makes driving safer, skipping crappy songs easier, and GPS use smoother.

You can simply attach the included magnet to the back of your phone, place the holder anywhere on your dashboard, and reap the benefits of easy phone use.

FAST CHARGE MAGNETIC CABLE

Price: $2.77+

This is a magnetic charger cable that we’ve seen before, but this is a newer version of it, which now comes with a fast charge capability.

The cable is able to transfer more data and more power to your phone, because ain’t nobody got time for sitting around for 8 hours for their smartphone to charge.

There are options for Micro-USB, USB type-C and for iPhones.

EARRINGS

Price: $0.58

These earrings have been the best-selling earrings on AliExpress in the last few months.

There is a ton of listings for them, this one being the biggest discounted one.

FACE MASKS

Price: $2.32

Face masks – pun very much intended.

There are 6 different designs and almost 4,000 orders in this listing. The face masks are now made mandatory in a lot of countries, and this one is more fun than a simple one.

2 IN 1 LADLE + STRAINER

Price: $0.85

Here is another device that can make regular kitchen tasks more efficient – a two in one colander and ladle.

It has holes on one side, and a scooping part on the other – it makes removing the veggies from soup easier.

DRAWSTRING POUCHES

Price: $0.21

Christmas is coming, and the people that aren’t important enough to get a big present, but are not unimportant enough to be left without one can get something small placed into one of these cure drawstring pouches.

They are also useful for organizing the little things in your pantry.

RATTAN COASTERS

Price: $0.91+

Just about the only bad thing about owning an all-mahogany piano, is how posh people leave their negroni old fashioned drinkware on top of it, leaving it with moisture rings, that this 100-year old oak just can’t handle with grace.

These rattan coasters come in 4 sizes, and are perfect for making your morning Greek yoghurt parfaits feel even more fancy.

OVERLY CONFIDENT MAN‘ T-SHIRT

Price: $4.99

I don’t think this T-shirt needs an introduction, as it already feels quite comfortable around us.

Not sure this is the level of comfort I strive to achieve around hundreds of strangers, but if you’d like to have this lovely image displayed on your shirt like 500 of others did, the link is below.

ROTATING STAPLER

Price: $3.53

Here is a true gamechanger: a rotating stapler. It is a true staple of a proper executive office.

No longer you have to fiddle around with paper, trying to adjust the angle, awkwardly moving the paper around. This thing has a rotating top, with the head action second to none.

DOUBLE DISED TAPE ROLL

Price: $1.90+

A roll of double-sided tape. A thing that is very handy in the household tasks.

It will hold your smartphones attached to the wall. It is less likely to hold your life together. A 1-meter roll can be bought for $1.90, which is pretty reasonable.

EGGPLANT / PEA PENCIL CASES

Price: $4.87

And while we are on the p-word topic, here is an eggplant pencil holder. There is an option for a less elegant design, being a pea as well.

ORANGE MAN TOILET BRUSH

Price: $1.93

In honour of the election events, here is a tremendous toilet brush. It’s orange. Maybe it will do a better job at draining, or at least cleaning the swamp 😉

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Starry Sky Projector, DIY Neon Signs + 10 New Gadgets: November 2020

What is the use of something if it does not make our life easier, cooler, or best of all, better and cooler?

This is the sort of question you need to be asking yourself when you check out these products. It is not a question of if you are going to throw these into a virtual shopping cart and ship them off to yourself and your family, only a question of “when?”

STARRY SKY PROJECTOR

Price: $35.85

If you have ever found yourself unable to sleep and staring at a blank wall for hours on end, the Laser Galaxy Starry Sky Projector is for you. If you have desperately tried to set the mood for a romantic dinner at your place, but just needed something a little more “light show” to top it off, the Laser Galaxy Starry Sky Projector is also for you.

Fully remote controlled, this projector is capable of creating a starry sky, a festival, disco lights, lighting for a home party, and more in whatever room it goes into!

QCR Q1 BLUETOOTH EARPHONES + PLAYER

Price: $31.99

You probably have 2 pockets at most times, right? So why do people expect you to constantly have 10 pockets on us, all the time? You’re not always rocking the cargo socks and flip flops, sometimes it is just khakis and shoes.

Make the most of your 2 measly pockets with the QCR Q1, which TRIPLES as a power bank for other devices, a wireless headphone holder (and charger), and an MP3 player.

Rough specs:

  • Bluetooth: V5.0
  • Charging Box battery: (Q1s/Q1 3500mAh, Q1Pro 6000mAh)
  • Earphones battery: 50mAh*2
  • Play Time :4-5hours
    Charger time: 1-2hours
  • Flashlight: 9hours
    Transmission distance: 15-20M
  • Waterproof level: IPX7
  • Current and voltage: 5V-1.0A

DIY ‘NEON' SIGN KIT

Price: $13.17+

Turn every room into a rave room with these LED strips. Fully customizable and coming with 120 LEDs, the RGF Neon light ribbon is industrial-grade in terms of both quality and FUN. It comes with a remote to change the colors and brightness of the strip and is perfect for making Tik-Toks.

The length of the single strip varies from 1 to 100 meters.

BlitzWolf AIRAUX HEADPHONES

Price: $21.99

What else can you add to your dual-monitor setup with a light-up keyboard? Light-up headphones, of course.

Smooth and slick with a high-powered (300 mAh, which is considerable for headphones), 3D stereo sound, the BlitzWolf AIRAUX Bluetooth headphones are wireless and double as the perfect gaming headphones. The come with Bluetooth 5.0 – more range and stability, and of course, LEDs: they are gaming headphones, after all.

No need to bother taking off your headphones when you hop up for a bathroom break mid-game. Have a call coming in? Don’t worry about it, simply pick up on your headset without taking your eyes off-screen.

XIAOMI MIJIA FOAMING DISPENSER

Price: $16.91

I’m sorry, do you still live in 1905? If you look out the window, do you see a horse-drawn carriage being drawn down the road and a small boy hawking newspapers on the street corner, or do you see an electric car driving itself and a group of teenagers with their nose stuck in their phones?

So if you do not still live in 1905, why does your pump soap dispenser make it seem like you do? With this auto-dispensing foaming hand-washer, leave the hands out of the equation.

FLOVEME TABLET/SMARTPHONE STAND

Price: $4.99

Are you tired of your phone falling over every time you try to prop it up against something? All you want to do is watch some Netflix or a cooking video, and your phone takes it as a personal offense and tries to commit suicide over the nearest counter edge.

Lock your phone or tablet on the spot and guarantee no more unwanted chips and cracks with this universal tablet and phone desk holder.

OVER-DISPLAY SHELF

Price: $6.37+

Coming in a variety of colors to match any room, this adjustable screen top-shelf display turns that useless space above your TV or computer screen into a small shelf, capable of holding a wireless router, a cable box, or whatever else you want it to!

Do you find yourself looking for your vision glasses too often? Store them on top of your display. Pens and notepads need to be handy? Put them on this top shelf. Do you use the USB card readers often, but don't have enough spare USB ports to keep them plugged in? There is this fancy shelf to put them on.

MAGNETIC SMARTPHONE HOLDER

Price: $2.29

Honestly, nothing is quite as nice as a reliable, sturdy holding spot for your phone on your dashboard. This is a newer version: now with the sleeker design and different sizes for plate options. It makes driving safer, skipping crappy songs easier, and GPS use smoother.

With the FLOVEME Magnetic Car Phone Holder, you can simply attach the included magnet to the back of your phone, place the holder anywhere on your dashboard, and reap the benefits of easy phone use.

XIAOMI YOUPIN DIFFUSER

Price: $90.25

A product for the kids in your life (or you, if you like adorable little deep-sea submarine humidifiers, I guess). The Puff Ring (not affiliated with Snoop Dogg) humidifier is sure to be the most beloved children’s humidifier on the block with its fun colors, cute design, and adorable captain of the make-believe deep-sea sub.

Humidifiers are said to help with:

  • dry skin
  • sinus congestion/dry throat
  • headache
  • nose irritation
  • bloody noses
  • irritated vocal cords/dry cough
  • cracked lips

INSTA360 GO Action Camera

Price: $199.99

It works with both Androids and iPhones, it records everything you do, and it is so simple a dummy could use it, so what is the holdup?

The Insta360 GO simply clips onto your shirt and – voila! You have a stabilized, hyper-lapse-friendly action camera  of your adventures at your fingertips, and you never even need to so much as aim it.

Insta360 Go supports shooting at up to 100 FPS. It has AI-powered FlashCut auto editing, which helps with creating the clips. With the charger case, the battery can handle up to 200 clips per day, which is probably more than you would ever need.

Insta360 is not a startup: they produce industry-leading cameras for 360 videography, and this camera is just one of their consumer-grade products.

The camera comes with a number of accessories:

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Essentials and Necessities

I have bought a lot of things from AliExpress. I don't think there has been a day in the last 5 years, where I haven't used something that I bought there.

First of all, this is where I got my smartphone – and we all know how often we get to use those. But there are a lot of other miscellaneous items that I use, that some people might be surprised that you can get from Ali for much cheaper than in retail stores.

Our sole purpose is to help you find the best deals, with the quality of the product being the priority. We will be discussing some of the most popular products on AliExpress that include basic clothing, gadgets, household items, and a few more.

In this post we have picked products that are helping people like you solve everyday tasks, with their endless (or a single) quirks and features.

In either case, I think you will find this post helpful.

SMARTPHONES

Price: $59+

$43B Worth of smartphones have been imported from China into the US alone. Smartphones like Xiaomi, Huawei, Umidigi and Oppo are constantly outperforming similar-priced competition.

It is cheap and easy to upgrade the existing device. We have picked 4 great options under $300. Otherwise, check out more models at different price points by clicking the link below.

E-SCOOTERS

Price: $219+

Individual modes of transportation are now as important as ever because of time management and safety reasons, and the green forms of it are the less damaging to the environment.

A uniquely designed electric scooter will take you anywhere anytime. If you want to beat the traffic and save your time, while not being confined within a small space inside a car, then this is the perfect product for you. This smart scooter can be tracked using your smartphone simply by downloading an app.

The app can maintain your riding habits, track the distance you covered, and charge your scooter's battery. It comes with six different protection systems: over-discharge, overcharge, low-voltage, over-current , temperature anomaly and short-circuit protection.

Features:

  • 18650 lithium-ion battery pack
  • Charging Time: ~5 hours
  • Maximum Speed: 25km/h (15 mph)
  • Foldable for maximum portability

Price Value:

  • Intelligent battery management
  • Double brake system
  • 6x Faster than average walking speed

TOOTHBRUSH HEADS

Price: ~$0.75 / unit

I've said it before, and I'll say it again. Original toothbrush heads are ridiculously expensive – as if the bristles were actual minx hair. 3 For $20: what is this, a downtown Manhattan speakeasy?

The aftermarket ones are just as good for me – I've been putting them on my Oral-B toothbrush for at least 5 years.

MELAMINE SPONGES

Price: ~$0.18 / piece

They won't clean off the shame from what you did last night, but they can handle just about anything else.

In my experience, these are just as good as Mr. Clean's Magic Eraser (commonly sold for ~$1.25 per eraser).

I use them for cleaning the bathtub, kitchen and bathroom sinks, aquarium glass, windows. They are pretty good at handling the incrustation on the pots and pans, especially when I accidentally leave my potatoes boiling for too long.

SMALL ELECTRONICS

Price: $1+

We have 2 options: the iconic 30 Electronics under $10 collection as a collection, and an ever-updating list in the shop section (the orange button below). Both are a pretty good source of cool little gadgets to buy to make your life easier.

CABLE BAG

Price: $3.24

Get a handy cable organizer to store all your cables in one place.

It is great to have them neatly stacked away: makes finding the right one much easier, and they also won't tangle inside. Much better than just randomly having them all over the place.

CABLE ORGANIZERS

Price: $0.96+

Chargers, USB cables, speakers, mouse, etc. – all of them create a mess on your desk. Working in a messy environment can affect your productivity and creates a tripping hazard – and prone dropped once can be an expensive mistake.

To make your life easier, there is a cable organizer from TopK. It has a solid black color and a sleek design. You can attach it to your desk and arrange your mouse, laptop charger, USB cables, everything on it. It has multiple holders on it to keep your desk more … organized 😄

Price value:

  • Keeps cables routed in a specific direction
  • Protects cables from getting tangled and damaged
  • Suitable for use on metal, ceramic, glass, wood or plastic surfaces

SMARTPHONE CASES

Price: $1.49+

To protect the smartphone against butterfingers (or maple syrup fingèr for Canadians), occasional scratches, and to increase the likelihood of keeping the the precious back panel intact for longer.

Cases on AliExpress are generally cheaper than on Amazon, or retail stores – especially when buying from an official dealer. May as well get a few.

T-SHIRTS

Price: $2.54+

An ultimate necessity, unless you live in a naturist community. Here is the listing with the cotton t-shirts from the image.

BREATHABLE DRESS SOCKS

Price: ~ $1.10 / pair

These cotton socks are breathable and comfortable. What can beat a comfortable pair of socks at an affordable price? A rhetorical question, of course.

Price value:

  • Appropriate for both all seasons
  • Dense elastic to keep the socks in place

LINER ANKLE SOCKS

Price: ~ $0.37 / pair

A pretty sweet deal on a large stack of socks. This listing has 8,000+ orders and a ton of feedback.

OTHER CLOTHING

Price: ~$0.99 +

We have carefully selected and added unique and stylish items with good feedback in our shop section.

EARPHONES

Price: $8+

Read: quality earphones. You can easily buy a pair of great-sounding earbuds without breaking the bank.

For wired options, I have researched and tested many different ones, and found that KZ/QKZ-branded ones excel in terms of the build and price and last longer. UiiSii HM7 is also another great option for an earphone, and Superlux HD-330 for an over-ear headphone.

For wireless options, click below.

REUSABLE SILICONE LIDS

Price: $3.18

Reusable silicone lids that come in various sizes. These can help you significantly reduce the amount of plastic – or completely stop buying saran wrap.

HOUSEHOLD ITEMS

Price: $0.49+

Various home decor and household items: kitchen, living room, bathroom – with more style. We picked the essentials that not only are functional – they also look stylish.